Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Academic Advisor

Your academic advisor provides a wealth of support and information throughout your college journey, but it helps ask the right questions. Not sure where to start? Check out our top 10 questions to ask your academic advisor for ideas.

1. How to I choose the right major?

Only you can decide what major suits you best, but many schools offer services to help you along the way, including career aptitude testing services.

2. Can I change majors if I change my mind? How?

Don't think that you're stuck with a major you don't enjoy; most colleges allow students to change majors at least once. Learn more about the process now.

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3. Where can I get a full list of all the courses I need to graduate?

You may have a general idea which courses you need to graduate, but it helps to have a plan, including all alternative courses and electives. Be sure to ask for a current report on your progress so that you know how your past units have been applied, especially if you're a transfer student.

4. How do I access my GPA? How to I calculate it myself?

The key to academic success is monitoring your strengths and weaknesses and addressing them appropriately. In college, that means knowing how well you're doing in your classes and making the appropriate adjustments.

5. What tutoring services are available? How do I find them?

Sometimes you just need a little help getting through a tough course. Fortunately, both campus and online colleges typically offer academic tutoring services. Learn how to take advantage of them before you get in over your head.

6. How do I find out what transfer credits are accepted and what their equivalencies are?

If you've transferred from another school it's absolutely essential to understand how the switch has impacted your progress. Find out how your classes have been applied to the new course structure as soon as possible.

7. What is the difference between the different degrees available?

Whether you're trying to decide between an associate or bachelor's degrees, or just don't understand the difference between a Bachelor of Science (BS) and a Bachelor of Arts (BA), your academic advisor can help set the record straight.

8. What are the benefits of pursuing a higher degree given my major?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the US Census, the more education you have, the more money you'll likely earn, but is the increase worth the additional time and expense for your chosen career path? Find out early on.

9. What test-taking services are available to me?

Whether you need help setting up or passing a standardized test, like the GRE, GMAT, or LSA, or just really need to improve your test-taking skills, it's important to find out what services are available.

10. What online courses are available to me?

In today's academic environment, you don't need to attend 100 percent online colleges to benefit from the flexibility and convenience of online courses; more campus-based colleges are integrating them into their course catalogs than ever before.


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